The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a plan to redevelop and enhance historic Toomer's Corner on Friday, Feb. 7.
Work will begin this spring to replace the soil contaminated by the 2011 poisoning and finish with the planting of two new trees in early 2015.
This first phase of the Samford Park redevelopment also will feature the construction of a circular wall that will allow a larger number of visitors to sit and enjoy the area. Phase II of the project, which will be completed at a later date, will create a tree-lined walkway from the corner into Samford Lawn.
"We think the Auburn Family will like the look of the corner," said Dan King, assistant vice president for facilities management. "It is not a radical change, but it will open things up and allow more people to enjoy it."
The estimated cost of Phase I is $900,000, which includes soil replacement, the installation of new pavers and circular seating wall and the planting of the new trees. The brick gates erected in 1917 will remain at the corner.
The landscape architectural firm Holcombe Norton Partners of Birmingham completed the schematic design for the Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner Redevelopment Project in January.
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